Birth

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Birth Movie Poster Image
What were they thinking?
  • R
  • 2004
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The only minority cast member plays a somewhat stereotyped family retainer.

Violence

Creepy and tense atmosphere, some shoving.

Sex

Explicit sexual situation, references, inappropriate relationship with child.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie includes sexual references, including adultery, and an explicit (and completely gratuitous) sexual situation as well as situations that come close to sexual abuse of a minor. A young boy takes a bath with an adult woman and later they kiss. Characters drink and smoke and use some strong language. The only minority cast member plays a somewhat stereotyped family retainer. The themes may be very disturbing to some audience members.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNiklas Dabolins October 11, 2011

Eerie movie with a very slow pace!

This is one of the best movies I have seen when it comes to the acting but maybe not when it comes to the cutting and the way it ends. There is nothing controve... Continue reading
Adult Written byArineli April 9, 2008

I Get It

Birth is one of those films that is very easy to bash if you don't understand what the story is really about. I don't know what goes into marketing a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byperson14 November 1, 2009
This movie is gross, Nicole Kidman's character falls in love with a child that she thinks is her dead husband, some parts of the movie contain disturbing l... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byink January 31, 2010

What's the story?

BIRTH centers on Anna (Nicole Kidman), a widow who's preparing to marry her fiancc Joseph, until she meets 10-year-old Sean (Cameron Bright). At the couple's engagement party, Sean tells Anna that he's the reincarnation of her late husband. At first, Anna dismisses Sean's proclamation, believing him to be a disturbed kid with a crush on her. But when Sean keeps revealing moments in Anna's life, she begins to wonder if he's telling the truth, and her life begins to unravel.

Is it any good?

Birth's premise is enticing, but more attention given is given to elegant decors than to the film's underlying theories. Has Sean returned to prevent Anna from marrying someone who is hiding his true nature? Was Sean less than the devoted husband Anna wants to remember? Is this just a disturbed boy, obsessed with a beautiful woman? Any of these could have been the basis for a good movie, but the film just hints in those directions and then doubles back.

Meanwhile, the film gets creepy in ways it apparently does not intend, such as when Anna tries to shock Sean out of his delusion by asking him how he intends to satisfy her sexually. And the last fifteen minutes make no sense whatsoever. In the midst of all this mess, there are some lovely performances, especially Alison Elliot as Anna's pregnant sister, Arliss Howard as her husband, and Ted Levine and Cara Seymour as Sean's parents. All create real characters in their brief screen time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own views on life after death. What would they like to hear from those they have lost? What should we say now to those who are still here?

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